Diet tracker update

Diet-wise, I’ve decided to go back to my trusty Sparkpeople.  The interface is clean, the price perfect, it works on all my devices, and it has most of the bells and whistles that the other apps have. By moving to other interfaces, I’m trying to fix something that isn’t broken, it seems. 

I did learn some good things about myself and diet and exercise in general from my experiment, even if it wasn’t tightly controlled. We’ll just call this qualitative? I do best with social support. My goals, even though I am a behavior analyst and should know better, tend to be a little nebulous and vague. That said, there are a few things I would like to study a bit more. It’ll be interesting to see if there are some takeaways that I can incorporate into my daily routine:

  • Daily Weigh-Ins. I’m wondering if this is a good  idea or not – it was a little frustrating to see my weight fluctuate by two pounds every other day.
  • Virtual Coaching v. Having a Live Coach. Not sure if synchronous v. asynchronous coaching is what I mean on this one. Is having a real person on the other end who is dedicated to answering your questions and checking in with you better than pre-recorded motivational and informational videos? 
  • Types of Self-Monitoring. What types of self-monitoring are best.  Does the advent of apps and automatic monitoring devices increase the likelihood of generalized and maintained behavior change?  

Having done a cursory lit search for this blog, it seems that I could do a full-on search and study on each of these topics. I just might do that!  As always, if you have a question or comment, please leave it in the comments section below!

Food Tracking

I stepped on the scale this morning and ouch. 

About this time a few years ago, I made a pledge to myself to get healthy again.  I was depressed, homesick from moving to a new town, and out of shape. Picked up Dr. Pam Peeke’s Fit to Live. I lost 25 pounds, got into shape, and started running Warrior Dashes. 

Then I stopped.

There was a major life trigger, as well as health reasons.  I found out that I had all kinds of digestive issues related to Ehlers-Danlos. These life events resulted in me taking medications that not only promoted weight gain, but also made me sluggish and inert.

My losses have been negated.  Such is how life goes. 

I’ve tried MyFitnessPal, Sparkpeople, and WW and had success with all three, but not this time around for some reason.  So, I decided to try Noom to see if it would be different.  

My original thought was to use an alternating treatments design to determine which one to keep and which ones to scrap.  I was planning on spending a week on each one,  seeing how much weight I lost, then repeating the process a few more times to determine the winner.  However, Noom is a little different in its approach so that won’t be possible. 

They have a plan that is very compatible with ACT as well as Pam Peeke’s plan.  They start with a values clarification exercise, or what Pam Peeke calls a “Power Why.” You then set out on a customized plan based on caloric density, or the water content in foods. We’ll see how that works, since Glycemic Index is considered a more evidence-based approach. 

You also get a personal coach, which means I now have a life coach, a weight loss coach, and a writing coach.  Pretty much I have a personal team of coaches.  I kind of feel like a celebrity!  With this type of support, if I go wrong, I might just be a hopeless case. 

Hopefully, this is what I need to jump-start my journey back to healthy living.  I’ll keep you posted along the way.